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La Puerta

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$$ - $$$
Downtown
Mexican, Bar, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, Spanish, South American
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560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6905
+1 619-696-3466
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11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 02:00
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beware late nights when live DJ is present. Volume level was excruciating. Food was mediocre. Got in and out as quickly as I could.

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Thank Paul T
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Hey Paul, thanks for sharing your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you didn't love your time here and we'll be sure to address your concerns with the team to improve. We hope you'll give us another shot in the future to win you over! More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for the surf and turf taco's that had been recommended by others here. Well worth trying. Also had the 1 pound burrito which was, as the name suggests, huge, but really lovely. Great cocktails too.

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Thank KinkyNoodle
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We're so happy to hear that you loved our Surf 'n' Turf tacos and signature 1LB burrito. It's always awesome to know that you got a chance to try out some of our refreshing cocktails as well. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Miami, Florida
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54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like Mexican food , this is good place The service it's ok the food is ok The best is guacamole, carne Assada The tacos is good too

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Thank leon c
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Hey Leon, thanks for the review! We're so glad that you loved our cheesy guac and signature Carne Asada tacos. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Laguna Beach, California
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98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely go for happy hour!!! 1/2 off drinks and appetizers. Fun little atmosphere. Margaritas were not superb, but for $5 or so I'm not complaining. The queso fundido with chorizo was super yummy. Service at the bar was attentive and friendly.

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Thank cburnsesq
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Thanks for the love! We're so glad that you had a blast in our fun atmosphere and that you loved our delicious queso fundido. Next time you're in Gaslamp, be sure to join us for another round of frozen mojitos & specialty tacos! More 

Honolulu
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67 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here three times now over the last few years. A noisy popular bar cantina with great food in the Gaslamp district. Order the surf and turf Burrito, which I did on my last two visits. It is enormous, great, and you cannot finish it. Last week I decided to try a change and ordered the surf and turf tacos,... More 

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Thank Peter R
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Muchas gracias, Peter! We are so excited to hear that you are a huge fan of our Surf & Turf 1LB burrito. Next time you're in town, we'll be waiting for you with burritos in hand and another round of margs. Cheers! More 

Port Dover, Canada
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340 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a quick lunch here, and we were impressed. Not being from California, we put our trust in the friendly wait staff to help us pick a winning meal, and she did not disappoint. I had the Carne Asada, Cochinita and Ranchero Shrimp tacos. They were excellent. Also, there is a wide selection of local drinks here too. Highly... More 

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Thank 251ceh
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Thanks for the recommendation! We're so happy to hear that our team helped you pick out the best on our menu and that you loved our delicious taco plate. Next time you're in town, be sure to join us for some frozen margaritas & mojitos. Salud! More 

Issaquah, Washington
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249 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found this one via TripAdvisor, and our Hotel gave us a discount card for it as well. We REALLY enjoyed this place, stopped in for lunch, and had to try the spicy margarita with our lunch, WOW, this was really good. We did plan to come back to have another, and we did the next day. For the next day,... More 

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Thank km24800
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the awesome review! We're so glad to hear that you had a blast with our freshly made spicy margarita and epic happy hour deals. Nothing makes us happier than knowing that you came back for seconds! Next time you're in town, we'll be waiting for you with fresh margaritas in hand and a round of our... More 

Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is one to visit when in the gas lamp quarter. It is very lively and had a wait of about 45 minutes, but it was worth it. Tacos all round and nachos to start. If you are tempted by the tequila, do some research first as their recommendation wasn't to our taste. Good food and excellent value.

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Thank AnitaJ193
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Muchas gracias, Anita! It's great to know that you loved our exciting atmosphere and that you got to try out our tequila options. We're all about introducing our customers to the world of mezcals & tequilas, so our team is happy to provide you with different recommendations & tastings next time you're in. See you again soon! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoy weekend getaways in the Gaslamp District, and enjoy a Mexican food brunch before catching the train home. Although we have tried others, La Puerta is the best! We both thought it was the best huevos rancheros ever! I had mine with the steak on top, and they really knocked it out of the park...

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Thank David L
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Hey David, thanks for the awesome review! It's great to know that you joined us for our boozy brunch and that our huevos rancheros really hit the spot. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first visit convinced me to come again. They had a good selection and the meal was both filling and tasteful. So much so, that I ordered a second plate to go for dinner that day. The staff is friendly and welcoming. I will be coming back.

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Thank Fernando G
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Hey Fernando, thanks for grubbing with us again! It's awesome to know that our delicious food hit the spot for you and that our team's service was on point. Next time you're in Gaslamp, be sure to join us again for a round of margaritas! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Mexican, Bar, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, Spanish, South American
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6905
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-696-3466

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?